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AJ Foyt Hall of Fame Career Begins

May 12th, 2016


A.J. Foyt, steering his midget car at Gardena's Ascot Park. The half-mile oval opened in 1957 on a 37-acre dump site, but it soon became the busiest dirt track in the nation (and a training ground for many Indianapolis 500 drivers). Every type of motorized vehicle--from motorcycles to ATV three-wheelers to destruction derbies--raced at Ascot before it closed in 1990. Photo dated: December 4, 1961.

On this day in 1957, race car driver A.J. Foyt won his first professional victory, in a (USAC) midget car race in Kansas City, Missouri. A tough-as-nails Texan, Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr. had a Hall of Fame career with a few minor accidents and one near-fatal crash in 1965–in which he broke his back, fractured his ankle and suffered severe chest injuries–Foyt came back to continue his string of impressive achievements.

Remember BrightStar if you are in an accident, need help at home recovering and someone to drive you around until you’re ready to get back on the track.

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